Productivity plays an important part in achieving success and happiness, whether in your personal or professional life. But did you know that the productivity hacks you use at work can also be applied to your personal life?
The tricks you use to get ahead at work can also help you get ahead in your personal life. Here are productivity tricks that you can apply to your personal life:
1. Maximize the benefits of to-do lists
Even in today’s digital age, to-do lists will never go out of style. Some of the world’s most successful people still rely on to-do lists to manage time and stay ahead of tasks both in and out of the office. Lists are extremely efficient at helping us get things done because they provide a simple structure in our day-to-day lives. Over time, these daily accomplishments build up to something great.
You can use a digital or analog to-do list – do whatever works for you. To make the most out of it, try doing one large task followed by three medium tasks and 5 smaller tasks each day. For example, your one large task for the day could be working through your monthly budget; the medium task would be creating a family menu for the week, and smaller tasks would be going out to do some errands.
2. Minimize or eliminate your digital distractions
If you have serious goals to accomplish in your personal life, know that digital distractions are as harmful for your productivity as it is for your professional life. Constantly checking your WhatsApp alerts, scrolling through Instagram and Facebook feeds, and checking emails as they come in all take up valuable time that you won’t get back.
Here’s what you can do: allot an hour or two each day, say 6pm every day, exclusively for checking emails and messages instead of opening them whenever an alert comes in. Shut off notifications especially for group chats and commit to using your phone during specified break times.
3. Get rid of physical and virtual clutter
Clutter will do you no good, both at work and in your personal life. Successful people know that the absence of clutter helps the mind think more efficiently and solve problems, so it’s just as important to keep your home and virtual life clean as it is for the office.
Whether you work from home or not, a clean home free of clutter is essential for productivity. Invest time daily in ensuring that the sink is free of dishes, your work desk is clean and tidy, dirty clothes are out of sight, and the trash has been taken out. In fact, just 15 minutes a day of picking up things at home will do wonders for your state-of-mind. If you can afford it, you can also consider hiring a professional cleaner to help keep your home clean. Peace of mind is the best investment you can make – and you’ll be surprised what it can do for your productivity. Likewise, do the same for your virtual life: clean out your desktop of unnecessary or old files that you no longer use so that you can attend to personal tasks on your computer more efficiently.
4. Delegate and ask for help
Don’t be so hard on yourself if you can’t do everything on your own. Take solace in the fact that power lies in numbers. If you need a little help figuring your taxes out, reach out to a friend or family member who’s got it down. Ask your niece or nephew to help you do the laundry. Outsource other tasks that you simply don’t want to do – there are several outsourcing websites online where you can hire people to take care of things for you at an affordable rate.
5. Pay attention to your health
Last but not least, making sure you’re getting the proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep is crucial to your productivity in and out of the office. Making simple changes to your lifestyle, by eating right, moving often, and sleeping well is perhaps one of the best things you can do to improve productivity. Never underestimate the power of your potential when you’re functioning at an optimum level.